March 15, 2010 at 9:22 am , by Amanda Wolfe
This month we’re challenging you to make the days a little brighter for disadvantaged children in your area. After you read the story of Texas mom Emily Gertson (right), who collects pajamas, school supplies and toiletries for kids in foster care, we know you’ll be inspired to help out in your community. “I learned that these kids are often removed from their home with just the clothes on their back,” Gertson says. “I wanted to give them something that would help them feel more comfortable and less scared, and new pajamas seemed like a good place to start.”
So how can you help? Collect toiletries, PJs, suitcases, bags and backpacks and donate them to your local Child Protective Services agency. Or you can walk to raise money for foster-care organizations with a group like Walk Me Home. Want to help one-on-one? Find a child to mentor in your town, or guide a child virtually through a program like vMentor.